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My neighbor asked me to turn a cane for him, and I said sure, no prob…...I’ve never done anything this long. It’s like a gigantic pen.. Anyway, he brought me a 3×3” piece o Poplar. I split it in half, put a 3/8 piece o Walnut in the middle, and while it was gluing, I thought, hummmmm, I’m gonna need a steady rest, so here it is..2-3/4” ply(my football helmet), with Walnut legs, and the wheels came from our ever lovin Harbor Freight Hope to have the cane done soon. Thnx for lookin, any comments, good or bad. I appreciate em

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net





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boxcarmarty

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#1 posted 786 days ago

You got my attention Roger, Go ahead…..

-- My mind is like lighting, one brilliant flash, then its gone.....

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jaykaypur

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#2 posted 786 days ago

Thats a sweet rig ya got there. Good job on it.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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Roger

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#3 posted 786 days ago

appreciate it guys. it works really well too. I wasn’t gettin that much “wiggle” but, I did it really just as a safety factor, plus, I can’t afford ta pay 130 bux or whatever it is that some o those places charge for somethin like this. I’ve got like 10-12 bux in it and the wood was scraps

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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TerinaC

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#4 posted 786 days ago

I think you are quite ingenious!!!

-- Terina C

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boxcarmarty

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#5 posted 786 days ago

what kind of wheels are they???

-- My mind is like lighting, one brilliant flash, then its gone.....

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Kelen

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#6 posted 786 days ago

Truly genius, great job. I’m sure it works great!

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Roger

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#7 posted 786 days ago

thnx Terina. much appreciated. I’m not all that tho. It’s always a challenge to make something that you need to make somethin else… :) bcmarty: they are from Harbor Freight. We have one here in Louisville, and they have a very good selection of different sized wheels of all sorts. these are actually casters, but, I took the wheels of the chrome caster part. Just had to drill out the rivot holding it on the caster

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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lew

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#8 posted 786 days ago

Thanks for kicking me in the butt, Roger! I’ve had the wheels for some time but just been delinquent in starting this project.
I really like your design because yo don’t have to unmount the work to install the rig.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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Roger

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#9 posted 786 days ago

thnx kelen. it does work well. @Lew: thnx too. I mounted the ply in a slot/dado in a piece o Poplar about 2×4”, drilled a 1/4” hole in it, then took a piece of 1/4” hard Maple as a clamp from underneath the lathe bed in the middle, and put a wingnut to hold it. I also glued a few pieces o sandpaper on the bottom so it wouldn’t slide around. The clamp I have holding it is just for extra safety, but, it doesn’t need to be on there.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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peteg

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#10 posted 786 days ago

Always great to see another take on this very handy apparatus
Pete

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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steliart

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#11 posted 786 days ago

That’s what woodworking is all about, finding ways to do the job needed right.
Fantastic Roger

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions - http://www.steliart.com --

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Diggerjacks

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#12 posted 786 days ago

Hello Roger

I like this jig
I haven’t turn a so long piece
It seems to me that you must put four wheels ….. to equilibrate the piece of wood
Perhaps three wheels are good enough….

In the future I must do a jig like this with 3 or 4 wheels

All ideas are welcome

Thanks for sharing

-- Diggerjack-France ---The only limit is the limit of the mind and the mind has no limit

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Diggerjacks

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#13 posted 785 days ago

Hello Roger

Four wheels is not a good idea for the lathe but good to begin to ride a bicycle !!!!

-- Diggerjack-France ---The only limit is the limit of the mind and the mind has no limit

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Gumnut

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#14 posted 785 days ago

I had a go at making the same thing but it was not as neat as yours.
But mine lights up though. :)

-- Peter, member of the Fine Woodwork Association http://www.fwwa.org.au/index.htm

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stefang

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#15 posted 785 days ago

Looks great Roger.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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